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Sainz expecting McLaren improvements

11th October 2018, 13:45 by Craig Smithson

Carlos Sainz is confident things will improve for his new Formula 1 team McLaren next year because they've "hit the bottom" this term.

The 24-year-old is poised to join the Woking-based outfit from Renault at the end of this season as a replacement for two-time world champion and fellow Spaniard, Fernando Alonso, who is quitting the sport.

Sainz is aware that McLaren have endured some barren years in the sport but believes things will start to improve from 2019 onwards.

"I think they are doing their homework now," he told Cadena Ser radio.

"They hit the bottom this year so they can only get better. They're starting from scratch and that gives me confidence. They've seen the problems and they want to stop them."

Sainz added: "I think McLaren this year, the car and the team, were not fighting for more this year, so I hope they did bet on next year and that this was the learning year.

"Next season there is a change of regulations and it's an opportunity to start from scratch and reach the required level."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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